Feb 2018 DECORATIVE CONCRETE ENGRAVING
Bring life to existing concrete driveways, pavements, or patio paving; transform basic grey concrete flooring into stunning works of art with the elegance and flair of concrete engraving. While there are a number of decals, effects and finishes available for freshly placed concrete flooring and paving, to follow we share how to convert pre-existing concrete floors and paving with decorative designs using concrete etching.
From brick to cobblestones, custom enhancements and ornamental decals, engraving on concrete surfaces offers an abundance of design options when looking to add elegance and flair to tedious concrete floors, driveways and paving. Carved into set concrete using etching equipment and tools, concrete engraving creates a permanent finish to originally unmarked concrete. This means that the design won’t fade, wear away or weather over time. Also referred to as routing, decorative concrete engravings can be further enhanced by adding a stain and colour to decals, transforming walkways, paths, entrance halls or decks with attractive centrepieces and designs.
Suitable for both interior and exterior concrete floors, driveways and other paving features, both newly set concrete or older, hardened concrete can be detailed using concrete engraving and with virtually hundreds of design options available almost anything can be etched into pre-existing concrete, for example:
- Uneven earth and “cracks”
- Uniform Brick Paving
- Stamps and Ornamental Designs
- Tiling effects
- Sleeper Wood
- Stepping Stones
- Marbled Effects
- Celtic Knot Centrepieces
Depending on the size of the area, the number of repairs and the degree of restoration required on older placed floors will determine the length of time taken to complete an engraving process. The desired depth of the etching and details, along with the amount of cleaning required before the etching process will also influence the complexity of the job and time taken to complete the engraving process. Ranging anywhere between a few days to a couple of weeks, the process to engrave pre-set concrete is simple and pragmatic.
- Step One: The concrete is thoroughly cleaned and acid etched depending on whether a bond is required for colour staining.
- Step Two: The concrete will be assessed for cracks and required restoration where necessary where natural cracks and blemishes do not form part of the desired finish. Where necessary, cracks will be sealed and blemishes repaired creating an unmarked and intact surface for the concrete engraver to work on.
- Step Three: Where applicable and where the entire surface of the concrete flooring is to receive a uniform finish, desired staining will take place prior to the routing of the concrete. However should the stain be defined by the engraved effect, staining will only take place following the carving of the concrete.
- Step Four: Using special concrete etching equipment and engraving tools, the desired pattern or design is routed into interior or exterior concrete pavements, driveways, entrance halls and walkways.
- Step Five: The concrete flooring is cleaned after the desired pattern has been engraved into the concrete, stains are applied where applicable (as detailed in step four) and a sealant coating is applied to the etched surface to conclude the process.
Whether you are laying new concrete flooring on the interior or exterior of your home or business or wish to enhance the existing features of concrete flooring, concrete engraving offers a simple and effective method to add decorative decals and highlights to drab and dreary concrete surfaces.